Believe it or not, I’m a musician.

You can tell from this picture of me and my daft haircut singing a song.

Hello folks! Has your hair always been that colour? It fair suits you. This week I’ve been thinking about twitter and facebook and all this social network malarkey, in relation to my music. You see, recently I met someone who followed me on twitter but didn’t realise I was musician, until a mutual friend brought him to one of my gigs. I was a little incredulous, after all, my twitter isn’t short of tweets about gigs and I do use it to promote my music and whatnot. My twitter avatar is even holding a guitar!

Look, just listen to the song. Don't make me hit you.

I had a similar experience one day in work, when I served someone I used to go to school with. We have each other as friends on facebook, but don’t tend to interact with each other via the site. We chatted briefly about what we’d been up to since school, and she seemed quite surprised to learn that I was a gigging musician, never mind that I had self-released a couple of EPs and was planning a single release.

It got me wondering however, about how many people that follow me on twitter, or who are friends with me on facebook, have actually heard my music. To be honest, I get the feeling that most of my active followers probably do know I’m a musician, but I suspect many of them haven’t got round to listening to my music yet. After all, I’ve often seen a band crop up on twitter and think “oh, I’ll need to listen to them sometime” but I often forget to until someone actually links me to their music. With this in mind, I thought I’d give an updated list of some of the places you can find my music online.

Bandcamp

This is an invaluable tool for unsigned/independent musicians nowadays. Allows anyone to listen to your music, buy it if they want, and offers a very fair deal for the bands/artists who use it. It also allows you to embed the player into other sites, which is why you can not only listen to my music on bandcamp, but also on this very blog, AND of course, on everyone’s favourite evil digital empire…

Facebook

Facebook, sneaky as it is, regularly finds ways to integrate with other useful sites. After all, you post a link to a youtube video and you can watch it right in your facebook feed. Well, you can also listen to music, via the likes of the aforementioned bandcamp, but also using something called Bandpage. Basically, if you go to an artist’s page on facebook, this application will allow you to listen to, share, download and buy music. Both bandcamp and bandpage options are available on my music page, so feel free to check it out.

Amazing Tunes

A digital radio station for unsigned artists? If you’re looking for new music and haven’t heard of either Amazing Tunes or Amazing Radio, I recommend you have a listen. You can listen to songs whenever you like using their inbuilt player, or tune into one of their shows for some great music. My page is here, if that floats your musical boat.

Youtube

I know that nowadays a lot of people just chuck a song title into youtube when they feel like listening to a particular song/band. Well, it’s no different for me. If you feel like checking out some live videos and/or me talking pish, there’s always my youtube channel.

So, lots of ways to stream my music online. You can also buy one of my CDs from bandcamp, or download a digital copy (which is a bit cheaper, if you’re not too bothered about owning the disc). But what if you’re not quite sure if you want to pay for stuff just yet? Well, for folks who like free stuff, you could check out my…

FREE STUFF

Well, funnily enough, all of the previous sites (apart from youtube) offer some ways to download some of my music for free. I also occasionally contribute the odd track to compilation CDs and monthly EPs, so you could keep an eye out for those. In the meantime, here are three of my free tracks currently doing the rounds:

Rapture

This is a little song I recorded recently about the end of the world and chatting up girls.

Things That Make Me Angry

This is the free track I offer through being a member of Strummerville DIY.

This is a live track, from Glasgow’s very own Words per Minute.

That about covers it for now I think! If you’ve never heard my music before, I’m genuinely greatful that you’ve taken the time to read through this, and I hope you’ll take the time to listen to at least one song. Might have even managed to surprise one or two of you who simply thought of me as a daft little cartoon man on twitter.

Til next time folks,

love Shambles

x

Everybody loves free stuff, right?

Can you spot the edit?

Hello folks! Ah, some new faces I see? Lovely faces they are too. Whilst I’m busy writing more songs of daftness and milking a recent Thing That Happened for all it’s worth, I thought it might be an idea to remind you all about the free stuff I have!

You’ve probably seen me rambling on about this song being played on 6 Music recently, but you can also download it for free via Strummerville! You can even download it from this very player, just click the wee down arrow at the right. Every download counts towards the Strummerville charts, so you’d be helping me out as well as getting a Free Thing!

I also have this special wee live track available, from my set at Words per Minute at the Arches a few months ago. Feel free to, in no uncertain terms, get right in aboot it.

Also, if you check out (and perhaps even like?) my music page on facebook, you can download a the version of “Pssst!” I played during a live session with Jim Gellatly! Just click this beardy wee link.

If you find yourself hankering for some more tunes, I also have my EPs for sale on bandcamp. Just get clicking to check them out.

Thanks folks, hope you download and enjoy! Back to the songcave for me!

Til next time,

love Shambles x

Thanks to Last Year’s Girl for letting me steal this photo and muck about with it. Even though I didn’t ask.

Alice’s 99 Shortest Problems

Hello folks! I hope you’re having a lovely [insert day of the week] and that you said hello to [insert name] for me last time you saw them. I sure miss him/her, that crazy bastard/bitch.

As you might know, I recently played some of my songs at Words per Minute, the monthly full-of-brawness event held in the Arches, featuring the best of Scotland’s writing, music, spoken word and performance in general. And me, last time.

I really enjoyed my set at the Arches that day and managed to capture some of said performance, via technology magic. I thought it might be nice for other people to hear it, as my set was just a wee bit different than usual and not just because it was 10 minutes long, seriously curtailing the amount of pish I could talk between songs.

With this in mind, it’s time for a tasty free download! Here’s a special wee medley I’m calling Alice’s 99 Shortest Problems.

I hope you like it folks! If you do, tell your friends! If you don’t…tell your friends! And if you like it (even just a little) please download it. I went to all the effort of pressing the upload button and everything! Tired oot noo, away for a lie-down.

Til next time folks!

love Shambles

x

Did I Fight a Bear?

Hello folks! Well aren’t you a sight for sore eyes. I’ve been a busy boy lately, a busy boy indeed. Between work, university, giggery and losing my second-last fiver in a game of poker, I’ve hardly had time to count my plaid shirts. Serious business. I slept in today for the first time in a while and after a day of internet jiggery-pokery, I find myself still awake, with just enough brainjuice to power a small blog post. Here’s what I’ve been up to:

As you might know, I played a bloody lovely gig with The Miss’s, Andrew Lindsay and the Coat Hooks and Julia and the Doogans. Read some nice words about it here. It was a smashing evening, with some great music and great friends. Canny whack it. Except, I did try to whack it a wee bit by performing at Words per Minute in the Arches just a couple of days later and it actually turned out to be one of my favourite performances. Everyone was absolutely lovely and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Eagle-eyed friends might have spotted a video of my set already, which will OF COURSE make an appearance on the blog soon enough. Here’s a cheeky wee review of the event.

I was also recently invited to appear on Bolt FM with the swellagant Steph and Gill, hence the above becardiganed photie. I’ve just realised that in that picture it looks like I’ve fallen asleep whilst playing the guitar. I didn’t, honest. I had a lovely time on the show, and hopefully you’ll be able to listen back sometime soon. In the meantime, have a wee swatch at the girls’ facebook page.

Whit? More? Ok, I’ll do some succintly swish summing up for you suckas.*

I wasn’t kidding when I said I’ve been busy. More stuff soon folks. Please do check out the above links…oh and while I’m bombarding you with linkies, please do remember to ‘like’ my facebook page, check out my music at Amazing Tunes and if you REALLY have a lot of time on your hands, do THIS, or THAT or even THE NEXT THING.

Thanks folks, you’re beautiful and/or handsome. Some of you are both, you gorgeous freaks of nature.

Til next time,

love Shambles x

*You’re not suckas, you’re all braw.
** I may not have actually fought a bear.